Thermaltake Element V VL20001W2Z Case Review :: Interior

12-03-2009 · Category: Hardware - Cases

By Benjamin Sun

Thermaltake Element V VL20001W2Z Case Review Side

Side

Thermaltake Element V VL20001W2Z Case Review I/O side down

I/O side down

Thermaltake Element V VL20001W2Z Case Review Top side down

Top side down

Thermaltake Element V VL20001W2Z Case Review Rear fan and I/O

Rear fan and I/O


Opening the case we find that Thermaltake has taken some of the design elements of their other full tower cases in their lineup and implemented them in the Element V case. There is a bar where the Power Supply Unit is installed. There are ten drive bays for the 5.25 and 3.5 Hard drives. To install a 3.5 HDD you need to take off the front panel and slide out the iCage from the front of the case that holds three HDDs each.


Thermaltake Element V VL20001W2Z Case Review Top 200mm fan

Top 200mm fan

Thermaltake Element V VL20001W2Z Case Review Motherboard  guide

Motherboard guide

Thermaltake Element V VL20001W2Z Case Review Left side door

Left side door

Thermaltake Element V VL20001W2Z Case Review Fan

Fan


The motherboard tray is not removable but has plenty of room to work with any motherboard from Micro-ATX to full ATX size. The motherboard tray has holes labeled A, S, E, C, P and M. Choose the appropriate size of your motherboard and install stand-offs in the indicated positions. Thermaltake specifies two things on the motherboard tray, the CPU cooler cannot be taller than 6.1 and the video cards cannot be longer than 13.2 inches which is longer than most consumer video cards.


Thermaltake Element V VL20001W2Z Case Review Door latch

Door latch

Thermaltake Element V VL20001W2Z Case Review Fan power

Fan power

Thermaltake Element V VL20001W2Z Case Review 5.25 locks

5.25 locks

Thermaltake Element V VL20001W2Z Case Review 5.25 locks

5.25 locks


Each of the 5.25 drive bays has a latch system that holds the drive or drive bay in place without the need for a screw. To install a 5.25 drive, simply push inward and upward to unlock the clip, insert the Optical drive or 5.25 drive into the bay and push inward and downward to lock the clip into place. No screws are needed to install a 5.25 drive. The rear PCI slot covers are held in place by screws and the included slot covers have holes improving air circulation in the case.


Thermaltake Element V VL20001W2Z Case Review Front Panel removed

Front Panel removed

Thermaltake Element V VL20001W2Z Case Review iCage

iCage

Thermaltake Element V VL20001W2Z Case Review 2 120mm fans

2 120mm fans

Thermaltake Element V VL20001W2Z Case Review Removing iCage

Removing iCage


Opening the case front we find that Thermaltake has included two 120mm front fans. Each of the fans is installed on an iCage. There are two iCages included with the case bundle. The top fan is colored black and is a 120mm 900/1200rpm,17dBA, 35.01/46.67 CFM) ColorShift fan while the bottom fan of the two is a 120mm (1400rpm,17dBA, 46.67 CFM)Turbo fan. Both fans are 17dBA in noise meaning that though the bottom fan is almost twice as fast in RPM, it is the same noise level.

The top of the case has a 200mm silent Colorshift fan (600/800rpm, 14dBA, 49.735/65.3 CFM) installed with space and mounting holes for a second 200mm fan. The rear of the motherboard area has a 120mm (1400rpm, 17dBA, 50.0 CFM) Turbo fan. There is room on the back of the case to install two small 50mm fans on top of the PCI slots, to cool graphics cards that are installed in the case.

Thermaltake Element V VL20001W2Z Case Review PSU area

PSU area

Thermaltake Element V VL20001W2Z Case Review PSU area 2

PSU area 2

Thermaltake Element V VL20001W2Z Case Review PSU guide

PSU guide

The bottom of the case is where the Power Supply Unit is located. This area is long and tall enough for the long PSUs on the market or a regular ATX PS/2 PSU depending on which is installed. The PSU is installed with an adjustable PSU bridge to guide where the PSU is locked into place. Also on the bottom of the case is the location for a 2.5 SSD drive. Simply screw the HDD into place from the bottom of the case and you are done.